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Hey folks! (This post was an email to my family and friends, but I thought it would be good to post it here as well.) I just want to let you know about this set of 4 ten minute videos I just watched regarding the “swine” flu vaccine. I have done quite a bit of research on vaccines in general and don’t believe any of them are ever safe or ever actually impart immunity, but most people I know tend to think some of them are “important” and are therefore “worth the risk”, so I wanted to send this out to help you get some important information regarding this specific vaccine and the upcoming “pandemic”.
This link is to a video on Dr. Mercola’s website in which Dr. Mercola interviews the well respected and well researched Dr. Blaylock regarding the “swine” flu vaccine. The video is in 4 parts and is very easy to watch, I found each part more fascinating than the previous. The video is fact based, not at all fear based. Most of the information contained in the video I was well aware of already, but this was a very concise presentation compared to the 5 or 6 different websites I would have had to send you to for you to read the same information. Please take the time to watch this video and if you like it pass it on. If you have problems getting it to play or anything let me know and I will find a way to help (like converting it to a format you can easily watch and posting it someplace so you can download it to you computer).
Here’s the 4 videos linked so they will auto-play in sequence on Youtube
Here’s the link to Mercola’s page with the videos and an article covering most (but not all) of the information (good for those who are blind or otherwise have no intention of watching 40 min of video).
I would be happy to send anyone more information regarding the science of vaccine damage or information regarding alternatives to the vaccine to prevent the flu or methods of treating the flu if you get it…
Bharata Ishaya / Daniel Barber
PS: Remember, flu’s and colds are nothing to fear – they have always been around and are one of the bodies most efficient methods of detoxification!
Original here: Low Stomach Acid
The multi-billion dollar antacid industry has you believing that stomach acid is bad for you.
While you may use antacids for heartburn relief or indigestion, they are not a cure for what causes these problems in the first place.
Contrary to popular belief, indigestion is usually caused by low stomach acid – also called hypochlorhydria– and it affects up to half of our population. 1
Treatment that further neutralizes stomach acid can make your digestion worse.
Why Stomach Acid is Good For You
Stomach acid or hydrochloric acid (HCl), is a very powerful digestive agent, and much more important than you realize.
HCl’s important functions include:
- Breaking down proteins into the essential amino acids and nutrients your body needs in order to stay healthy.
- Stimulating your pancreas and small intestines to produce the digestive enzymes and bile necessary to further breakdown the carbohydrates, proteins and fats you eat.
- Preventing disease by killing pathogenic bacteria and yeast normally present in food.
As you age, your stomach acid tends to decrease anyway. Add a poor diet of processed foods and you may find that you have both digestive and immune problems.
Low Stomach Acid: A Vicious Cycle
There are two main consequences of low stomach acid:
- You become protein malnourished. When your stomach acid is low, you are not able to digest protein.
- Improper digestion of protein creates toxins in your intestines that can set the stage for illness and disease.
- Improper digestion of protein also creates acidic blood, since protein is by nature acidic.
- You become mineral deficient. As your blood becomes more acidic, it will look for minerals from anywhere in your body, in order to get your blood to its more ideal alkaline state. Acidic blood robs your body of minerals, even taking minerals from your bones (which is important to know if you want to prevent osteoporosis).
Low stomach acid eventually creates a vicious cycle: low stomach acid = low minerals = acidic blood. This cycle continues because acidic blood further creates low minerals and low stomach acid.
Once this vicious cycle has started, there is a cascade of consequences:
- You could eat plenty of protein and still be protein malnourished. This raises cortisol levels (stress or death hormone), thereby raising your blood glucose (blood sugar levels). Elevated cortisol adversely affects your behavior and temperment.
- Eventually, your adrenals become depleted (adrenal fatigue) and DHEA, the youth hormone, is suppressed, leading to premature aging.
Low DHEA and high cortisol affect your brain and behavior, but that’s not all. The vicious cycle of low stomach acid affects your inner ecosystem too. Low stomach acid can lead to more bad guys (pathogenic bacteria, candida and viruses) than good guys (healthy microflora), thus lowering your immunity.
Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid
Here are some of the common symptoms and disorders caused by low stomach acid1,3:
- Bloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after meals
- Heartburn (often thought to be caused by too much stomach acid)
- Indigestion, diarrhea, or constipation
- Undigested food in stools
- Rectal itching
- Chronic candida
- Hair loss in women
- Multiple food allergies
- Iron deficiency
- Weak, peeling, or cracked fingernails
- Chronic fatigue
- Adrenal fatigue
- Dry skin
- Various autoimmune diseases
Increase Your Stomach Acid, Heal Your Digestion
Here are the 3 KEY ways to increase your stomach acid:
- Reduce or eliminate sugar. Replace mineral-depleting sugar and sweeteners with Stevia
- Add fermented foods and drinks to your diet. Fermented foods and drinks keep you looking and feeling healthy from the inside out. Some of our favorite fermented foods and drinks are:
- Cultured vegetables – a delicious, vitamin, mineral and probiotic-rich, raw, fermented food.
- Young Coconut Kefir – full of minerals and probiotics, this is a fermented drink you can easily make at home.
- Liquid Spirulina– thought of as one of the “world’s healthiest foods,” spirulina is a perfect protein and an almost immediate energizer anyone suffering with adrenal fatigue.
- Eliminate processed foods. Follow the 7 healthy eating principles of the Body Ecology Program
As you eat a healthy Body Ecology diet, you will find your digestion improving. You may notice that you experience heartburn relief, less indigestion and improved energy. Or perhaps, if you have had long-standing digestive problems, your journey to health may take a bit longer. Be patient as you go step by step towards true health.
Whatever the reason for low stomach acid, we have another solution for you: Assist Dairy and Protein Digestive Enzymes.
Assist Dairy and Protein is a potent blend of digestive enzymes and HCl designed specifically to help you digest proteins from all animal and vegetable sources.
There is no reason to suffer the vicious cycle of low stomach acid. So start by healing the root cause and watch your energy and vitality improve, naturally!
Stomach Acid Imbalance: Overview, Symptoms, Causes, Natural Treatments and Medicine
2 Adrenocortical function in experimental protein. PubMed 1979. malnutrition.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=109732&dopt=AbstractPlus
3 Kennedy M.D., Ron, Hypochlorhydria. Doctor’s Medical Library
“Cholesterol is deemed a deadly poison. Most people are afraid of eating foods containing cholesterol and of receiving a diagnosis of ‘high’ cholesterol,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation. “Yet, having adequate cholesterol levels in the body is key to good health. The notion that cholesterol is a villain in the diet is a myth, based on flimsy evidence and opposed by many honest scientists, including prominent lipids researcher, Dr. Mary Enig. But, this theory was promoted by the food processing industry to demonize animal fats, which are competitors to vegetable oils and by the pharmaceutical industry to create a market for the sales of cholesterol-lowering drugs.”
Cholesterol is an important building block of the cell, providing structure and impermeability to the cell membrane, making it waterproof. “Without adequate cholesterol in the cell membrane, our cells become ‘leaky’ and cannot function properly,” says Fallon. “In addition, many important substances are made out of cholesterol, including stress hormones like cortisol, sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone, the bile salts for digesting fats, and vitamin D.”
Cholesterol is vital to proper neurological function, playing a key role in the formation of memory and the uptake of hormones in the brain, including serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical. When cholesterol levels drop too low, the serotonin receptors cannot work, leading to depression and anti-social behavior. Cholesterol is a major component of the brain, much of it in the myelin sheaths that insulate nerve cells and in the synapses that transmit nerve impulses.
Fallon notes that cholesterol-lowering is associated with numerous health problems including depression, cognitive impairment, amnesia, cancer, muscle pain, weakness and neuropathy. “The all-cause death rate is higher in those with cholesterol under 180 mg/dl, yet this is the level the medical profession urges us to meet. People with low cholesterol levels have more deaths from cancer, stroke, intestinal diseases, accidents and suicide. And having low cholesterol does not necessarily protect against heart disease—many people with low cholesterol suffer heart attacks.”
Hostile Negative & Introverted?
In boardrooms, classrooms, bedrooms and the playing field, we all recognize the classic signs of a “Type A” personality. And most of us know that these hard-chargers seem to be at higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. Their demanding, competitive, restless, short-fused behavior seems to make them more likely to work themselves ragged, blow a physiological gasket, drink hard and drive fast.
Clearly, not personality traits likely to promote well-being — physical or emotional well-being, anyway.
But who has ever heard of the Type D personality? Depending on whom you ask, D stands for distressed. Or, that it follows sequentially from Type A (above); Type B (A’s opposite — laid-back, cooperative, slow to anger); Type C (a martyr — compliant, eager to please, and prone to hopelessness and depression; studies have shown Type Cs to be vulnerable to cancer and other malfunctions of the immune system).
In any event, Type Ds are notable for negative thinking, worrying, suppressed anger and a tendency to respond to stress by withdrawal and denial. They stew. They simmer. They blame themselves — and others. And when it comes to feelings, they’re given to stoicism: They rarely give voice to strong emotions, such as anger, and are likely equally disinclined to acknowledge them, say, in daily journal entries.
In an article in this week’s Archives of Surgery, Dutch researchers found that Type D personalities who suffer from peripheral artery disease — a build-up of plaque in the lower body’s veins and arteries that causes cramping and pain in the legs and pelvis — were more likely to die in the four years they were studied than fellow patients with peripheral artery disease who were not identified as Type Ds.
The study followed 184 patients diagnosed with peripheral artery disease and who had filled out questionnaires that identified their personality traits as Type D. Type Ds were strong on social avoidance and tended to fret a lot. They were mostly likely to agree strongly with statements such as “I often find myself worrying about something,” or “I would rather keep people at a distance.”
By the end of the study period, 16 of the Type-D PAD patients had died — three times the number expected among a group of their average age (64) and health status. That’s despite the fact that the Type Ds on the whole had no greater risk factors for death than did any of the PAD patients in a larger study. Most — seven — died of cancer, and six of cardiovascular disease.
What is it about Type Ds that might make them more vulnerable to succumbing to a wide range of illnesses? For starters, said the study’s authors — led by Annalies E. Aquarius — studies have shown that Type D personality types tend to respond to stress with a surge of stress hormones, and that their blood carries physiological markers of inflammation higher than those not identified as Type D. Inflammatory processes over time are widely believed to give rise to cancer and erode the function of arteries.
Beyond that, the researchers note, the types of behavior that emerge from Type Ds’ personalities might well lead to a reluctance to acknowledge unwellness, seek care and participate aggressively in one’s treatment. Rather, a Type D personality might choose instead to fret about, give up on, or deny measures to protect his or her health.
As physicians cope with epidemics of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, say the authors, the importance of personality types in influencing treatment decisions, quality of life and outcomes will be ever more important.
Even, judging from the article’s publication in the Archives of Surgery, to surgeons, who might otherwise be tempted to cut those personality traits out.
–Melissa Healy, August 18, 2009 | Booster Shots
Trace arsenic in water may be linked with diabetes
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO – A new analysis of government data is the first to link low-level arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, with Type 2 diabetes, researchers say. The study’s limitations make more research necessary. And public water systems were on their way to meeting tougher U.S. arsenic standards as the data were collected.
Still, the analysis of 788 adults’ medical tests found a nearly fourfold increase in the risk of diabetes in people with low arsenic concentrations in their urine compared to people with even lower levels.
Previous research outside the United States has linked high levels of arsenic in drinking water with diabetes. It’s the link at low levels that’s new. The findings appear in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
“The good news is, this is preventable,” said lead author Dr. Ana Navas-Acien of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
New safe drinking water standards may be needed if the findings are duplicated in future studies, Navas-Acien said. She said they’ve begun a new study of 4,000 people.
Arsenic can get into drinking water naturally when minerals dissolve. It is also an industrial pollutant from coal burning and copper smelting. Utilities use filtration systems to get it out of drinking water.
Seafood also contains nontoxic organic arsenic. The researchers adjusted their analysis for signs of seafood intake and found that people with Type 2 diabetes had 26 percent higher inorganic arsenic levels than people without Type 2 diabetes.
How arsenic could contribute to diabetes is unknown, but prior studies have found impaired insulin secretion in pancreas cells treated with an arsenic compound.
The policy implications of the new findings are unclear, said Molly Kile, an environmental health research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kile wrote an accompanying editorial in the journal.
“Urinary arsenic reflects exposures from all routes — air, water and food — which makes it difficult to track the actual source of arsenic exposure let alone use the results from this study to establish drinking water standards,” Kile said.
Also, the findings raise a chicken-and-egg problem, she said, since it’s unknown whether diabetes changes the way people metabolize arsenic. It’s possible that people with diabetes excrete more arsenic.
The United States lowered arsenic standards for public water systems to 10 parts per billion in 2001 because of known cancer risks. Compliance was required by 2006, years after the study data were collected in 2003 and 2004.
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Juvenile Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. Nonspecific antibodies attack the insulin producing “islet cells” causing pancreatic failure. Adult Onset Diabetes often occurs from low Chromium levels.
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